SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 30 - 2 Apr 2017 (14.00 UK)
1 - 1 Milan
Paletta og 12 (P), Pasalic 41 (M)
Stadio Adriatico

Mario Pasalic made up for a Gianluigi Donnarumma howler – letting Gabriel Paletta’s back-pass roll in – but Milan only scraped a point at Pescara.

The Rossoneri needed to push their way back into the race for a Europa League spot and visited a Pescara side that had lost five in a row. Suso, Andrea Bertolacci, Ignazio Abate, Giacomo Bonaventura and Riccardo Montolivo missed out, while ex-Delfini hero Gianluca Lapadula was on the bench in his emotional return to the Adriatico. Zdenek Zeman had to do without Andrea Coda, Davide Vitturini, Alberto Gilardino, Simone Pepe and Guglielmo Stendardo. He started Mamadou Coulibaly, an 18-year-old midfielder who arrived from Senegal on a boat in December 2015 and was homeless for a while, but now found himself in Serie A.

The last time Pescara beat Milan was a 2-1 Serie B result in 1981, followed by 11 consecutive defeats, home and away in all competition.

Carlos Bacca’s angled drive flashed across the face of goal, but Milan shot themselves in the foot for the opener with a catalogue of errors.

Gabriel Paletta, wearing the captain’s armband, over-hit the back-pass which bounced right in front of Gianluigi Donnarumma and over his foot, going into the empty net. It was Paletta’s own goal, but the 18-year-old ‘keeper really has to improve his footwork.

Donnarumma was alert to flap a cross off the head of Jean-Cristophe Bahebeck.

Milan did equalise just before the break, as Deulofeu went on a rapid counter to out-sprint two Pescara defenders down the right, his shot was parried at the near post, but the clearance took a deflection and fell kindly for Mario Pasalic to smash under the bar from close range.

After the restart, Deulofeu again pulled back from the by-line for Bacca, whose shot was charged down. Gianluca Lapadula came on against his former club, having scored 30 goals in 44 Serie B games (including play-offs) to earn their promotion last season. He was given a very warm welcome by the Stadio Adriatico crowd.

Cesare Bovo’s free kick was deflected just wide off Pasalic, but the intensity seemed to go out of Milan and Donnarumma needed a save at the near post on Ahmad Benali.

Pescara seemed more likely to score than Milan, until at the 85th minute Alessio Romagnoli’s header hit the base of the far post from a Mati Fernandez cross.

Juraj Kucka and Zampano were both wasteful on the counter, then in stoppages Lapadula’s effort was charged down from point-blank range by Hugo Campagnaro.


: Fiorillo; Zampano, Bovo, Campagnaro, Biraghi; Memushaj (Milicevic 85), Muntari (Bruno 66), Coulibaly; Benali, Bahebeck, Caprari (Cerri 76)
Milan: Donnarumma; Calabria, Paletta, Romagnoli, Vangioni; Pasalic, Sosa (Locatelli 70), Mati Fernandez (Kucka 76); Deulofeu, Bacca (Lapadula 58), Ocampos
Ref: Mazzoleni